Devils and Crushers final
AS predicted by Gympie Devils coach John Greensil, Nambour Crushers won their way through to the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League grand final against the Gympie Devils.
Greensil was on hand to watch the Crushers upset competition leaders and defending champions the Caloundra Sharks 16-10 at Jack Stokes oval on Sunday and said the win would make for a historic final.
The Devils will appear in their first grand final eager to erase their former title as the easy beats of the league, while the young Nambour team will run on sure to get plenty of support from a vocal home crowd at the Nambour Showgrounds.
Greensil said Nambour’s home crowd would be an advantage for the Crushers and he urged as many Gympie fans as possible to make their way to the grand final this Saturday.
“It’s their 90th anniversary. That’s why it is being played at the showgrounds,” Greensil said.
“But it’s our 100-year anniversary and it would be good to knock them over at the Sunshine Coast.”
Greensil took the Gympie team to the Nambour Showgrounds for a run over the weekend.
“We needed to familiarise the boys to the field, because no one had played there before,” Greensil said.
“There were a few rumours the field wasn’t in good nick.
“But overall it should be all right. It wasn’t that bad,” he said.
Nambour coach Des Allen said in the Sunshine Coast Daily that his team, playing in front of a large and loyal home crowd, would be in with a chance of winning the final.
“The Nambour Showgrounds is a pretty special old place,” Allen said.
“I used to play there. And we haven’t played there for a while.
“I love nostalgia with footy and the old stuff.
“The opposition side (Gympie) has a hundred years of history and then there is Nambour’s 90-year anniversary this year.
“I just think it very bloody special that we are going to play there.”
The Devils will train three times this week to fine-tune their game for the final and hopefully secure their first title.
But Devils’ president Scott Dodt said to do that the team needed as many supporters as possible to turn up to the game dressed in blue and gold.
He also urged businesses to do up their shop fronts to support the team.
“Doing up shop fronts will really lift the boys’ spirits, It shows the town is right behind them.”
The Gympie Rugby League is putting on supporter buses for the grand final.
The buses will leave Jack Stokes oval at 1pm Saturday. The final starts at 5.30pm.
Dodt said bookings were essential, the ride costs $10 and anyone interested in catching the bus could ring Scott Dodt on 0400 719 954 or Rebecca Heaton on 5483 7989 or 0414 582 444.
All bookings need to be made by 5pm Thursday.